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This is a 1976 postcard of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
-- Following a bequest in 1829 by James Smithson, an English scientist, this institution was founded "for the increase and diffusion of Knowledge among men". The card is number K-10966 and was printed by Capsco, Inc. Washington, D.C.
*** The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. Originally organized as the "United States National Museum," that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967. Termed "the nation's attic" for its eclectic holdings of 137 million items, the Institution's Washington, D.C. nucleus of nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo - many of them historical or architectural landmarks - is the largest such complex in the world. Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, New York City, Virginia, Panama and elsewhere, and 168 other museums are Smithsonian affiliates. The Institution's thirty million annual visitors are admitted without charge; funding comes from the Institution's own endowment, private and corporate contributions, membership dues, government support, and retail, concession and licensing revenues. *** Source - wikipedia